I love to find or create activities that get my little one moving! Before I became a stay at home mama I did a lot of training events, and we were taught to incorporate different elements to our classes that included verbal, visual and written, in addition to getting my team involved and moving. I think the same goes for teaching little ones at home too! I often get so excited about projects I want to do with Remington, and forget that his little three year old mind has such a small attention span!
So today’s activity from Eat Sleep and Play started with a little scavenger hunt. This was especially fun for Remington because he has randomly been asking about “egg hunt” since January. Then we sat down and gathered his coins and practiced some counting. It was fun but had an element of learning that made us both happy!
To set this activity up, all you need is
- golden coins (enough to fill each cupcake liner with the number you label. We used 21 for our 6 muffin tin.)
- cupcake liners (I had some shamrock ones on hand, but any will do!)
- muffin tin (you could use cups instead of the muffin tin and liners as well!)
- something to gather the coins in (we used a green cauldron from Hobby Lobby)
To make sure I was ready for the second part of the activity, I labeled each muffin liner with a number. My tray holds six, but you can do one as big as works for your kiddo.
Next, hide the coins. One tip, don’t forget where you hide them! We lost a puzzle piece in an egg hunt for two months last year! I had Remi sit on the couch and close his eyes, even though I’m pretty sure he watched me anyways!
This is where the fun happens, have your little gather all the coins. You can even time them to add an extra challenge.
Then sit down and have your kiddo count the coins. This will help you make sure all the coins were found. Then have them fill each liner with the appropriate amount of coins. You can also switch it up and work on adding or taking away coins from each liner.
We found that this was a fun and simple activity that Remington was excited about, while also working on counting and number recognition.
Let me know below what your babe loved, or what you did differently!
XO, Amanda, The Celebrating Mama